Supply Chain Transparency
- Keep the supply chain short. This allows us to better know where our materials come from;
- Use our influence to support women- and minority-owned suppliers;
- Work with people who share our values.
We believe that surrounding ourselves with a diverse range of people is not only enriching for the soul, but is simply good business.
Supply chains offer a unique opportunity and means for companies to empower traditionally disadvantaged groups such as women and minority groups who have so much to offer. Even as a small brand, we believe that how and with whom we spend our money has a meaningful impact.
We define a “diverse supplier” as a company / traders owned and managed at least 51% by a non-white minority, a disabled person or a woman.
We are extremely cognisant of systemic prejudices (race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic minority) and are committed to inclusive sourcing
In January 2021, LUXTRA started tracking the diversity of ownership amongst our top 20 suppliers. The results and our goals over the coming years are outlined below.
In 2020, 27.4% of LUXTRA's spending amongst its top 20 suppliers was allocated to businesses owned by women or minority groups. Our goal is to increase this figure yearly, our targets being:
In order to achieve these targets, we have introduced a supplier screening survey to select vendors and increase the number of minority- and women-owned partners.
We will publish our progress on a yearly basis.
We work with Mattia because his overarching philosophy chimes with our own on many levels. Mattia and his network of artisans are excellent craftspeople and of course, being Italian, they appreciate beautiful products. Mattia is also enthusiastic about LUXTRA's environmental approach and is always keen to experiment with the latest crazy-plant-based material that LUXTRA's founder, Jessica, gets her hands on. Despite learning his craft alongside his grandmother making traditional leather goods, Mattia is directing his own business towards working with more and more vegan materials.
Finally, Creative Workshop is located in super-close proximity to other key suppliers, such as Mabel SRL who produce our AppleSkin material, all of which helps to minimise our carbon footprint.
"Around 15 years ago we became aware of the damage we do to people in third world countries who grow cotton and have to rely on pesticides. Thousands die each year. They live miserable lives, tied to poverty, bound to a system that supports agro chemical suppliers."